Tai Chi/Qigong Class Desctiption
Tai Chi & Qigong Class (1-hour)
Instructor: Susan Bradley
Tai Chi is a series of relaxed, graceful, flowing movements that improve flexibility, stamina, balance, and inner tranquility. Together with Chinese energy exercises known as Qigong body, mind, and spirit unification is enhanced, ultimately becoming meditation in motion.
New series begins 27 August 2018, but students may join the class any time.
Please inquire by email or call us.
Monday 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
8 week class fee $135/$115 if received by our Early Registration Deadline
What are Tai Chi & Qigong?
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of relaxed, graceful, gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Together with Chines energy exercises known as Qigong, mind and spirit unification is enhanced, ultimately becoming meditation in motion. The combination of these practices will ultimately improve flexibility, stamina, and inner tranquility.
Tai chi has 3 major components -- movement, meditation, and deep breathing.
- Movement -- All of the major muscle groups and joints are needed for the slow, gentle movements in Tai chi. Tai chi improves balance, agility, strength, flexibility, stamina, muscle tone, and coordination. This low impact, weight bearing exercise strengthens bones and can slow bone loss, thus preventing the development of osteoporosis.
- Meditation -- Research shows that meditation soothes the mind, enhances concentration, reduces anxiety, and lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
- Deep breathing -- Exhaling stale air and toxins from the lungs while inhaling a plentitude of fresh air increases lung capacity, stretches the muscles involved in breathing, and releases tension. It also enhances blood circulation to the brain, which boosts mental alertness. At the same time, the practice supplies the entire body with fresh oxygen and nutrients.
Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. Tai chi also helps reduce stress and anxiety and helps increase flexibility and balance. It helps improve the flow of energy through the body, leading to greater awareness, calmness, and an overall sense of wellness.
Qigong, sometimes called the “grammar” of tai chi, comprises countless different smaller movements and breathing exercises that are incorporated into a tai chi practice.